Breaking Down Barriers

National Paediatric Brain Injury Conference 2022

Breaking down barriers - Creating a fair playing field for children with acquired brain injury.

07 October 2022

A hybrid conference - join us in person at the Royal Society of Medicine, London or virtually. 


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"A must attend event for healthcare and associated professionals working in this field.”

We are pleased to announce that our National Paediatric Brain Injury Conference is back for 2022 in a hybrid format, giving delegates the choice to attend virtually or in-person.

Join us to explore how as professionals and as an industry, we can challenge the impact of some of the less obvious environmental barriers to participation that exist for children and young people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework, we will explore the environmental factors that make up the physical, social, and attitudinal environment in which people live and conduct their lives.

For this conference we will look beyond the physical barriers, and our speakers will invite us to think about how we can have positive multi-layered systemic influence in:

  • the current landscape of services, systems and policies
  • changing attitudes
  • provision of support and relationships
  • mitigating against physical barriers to participation through products and technology


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We are pleased to announce our full line up of exciting speakers and sessions:

09:00 – 09:30    Networking
09:30 – 09:40    Sponsor’s welcome, Sarah Griggs, Partner, Irwin Mitchell 
09:40 – 09:50    Welcome and introduction, Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust
09:50 – 09:55    Conference Chair and Host, Anna Maw, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Cambridge University Hospitals, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
09:55 – 10:10    Current landscape / ABI strategy / APPG update, Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhonda, and co-chair of the Acquired Brain Injury Strategy Board 
10:10 – 10:35    Speaking from experience, Candice, Issy’s mum 
10:35 – 10:40    Exhibitor presentation - Proveca Ltd.
10:40 – 11:05    Break and networking
11:05 – 11:10    Conference Chair – welcome back
11:10 – 11:40    Promoting attendance and engagement in children’s rehabilitation services, Michelle Phoenix, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
11:40 – 12:05    Working Together to Remove Barriers in Paediatric Rehabilitation, Carolyn Heaton, Partner and Carmel Gallagher, Support and Rehabilitation Coordinator, Irwin Mitchell
12:05 – 12:10    Conference chair - round up
12:10 – 13:10    Lunch and networking
13:10 – 13:15    Welcome back – exhibitor presentation Premium Care Solutions Ltd.
13:15 – 13:45    Ableism in neurorehabilitation - moving towards a disability-affirmative approach, Dr Joanna Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist and Research Scientist at UCL           
13:45 – 14:15    Hidden social inequalities in paediatric neurorehabilitation, Dr Jenny Jim, Head of Psychosocial Services (Interim) (and team), The Children’s Trust
14:15 – 14:45    Understanding long term participation for children and young people with severe ABI, Dr Lorna Wales, Research Professional Lead (and team), The Children’s Trust
14:45 – 15:10    Break and networking
15:10 – 15:15    Welcome back – exhibitor presentation Lusio Rehab
15:15 – 15:45    Experiences of staff working with families in child neurorehabilitation, Ben Peters, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Preston Hospital
15:45 – 16:15    Who are the champions for well-being for children with brain injury? Dr Dawn M Pickering, senior lecturer in Physiotherapy, Cardiff University
16:15 – 16:45    Young people’s experiences of return to physical leisure activities after severe ABI, Gemma Kelly, Physiotherapist, The Children’s Trust 
16:45 – 16:50    Exhibitor presentation - Summit Medical and Scientific
16:50 – 17:00    Conference Chair – round up and close, followed by drinks reception


Our National Conference is delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell. 



A big thank you to this year's exhibitors - if you are attending our National Conference in person, please do pop by their stands on the day.